The Sacramento Kings have finally broken their losing streak, and here are four things we loved from their latest victory.
The long wait is finally over. The Sacramento Kings last won a game on December 15th, and have lost to both strong and struggling teams in the time since. But they finally got the monkey off of their back on Thursday night. Here are four things that we loved from the Kings performance against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
Holmes Gets MVP Chants
In what has become routine, Richaun Holmes had a solid performance on both ends of the floor. Despite struggling with foul trouble down the stretch, Holmes played excellent defense on one of Memphis’ biggest fourth-quarter possessions to help seal the game for Sacramento.
Holmes had the tough task of going up against Jonas Valanciunas, but finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds while adding 2 blocks. He deservingly received MVP chants when he went to the free-throw line in the second half.
Giles Makes The Most Of His Opportunity
Harry Giles, who has struggled to find playing time, came up big in his limited minutes against the Grizzlies. His presence won’t be shown in the box score, as he finished with just four points and five fouls in 12 minutes of play.
But as the Kings were making their second comeback with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Giles had a sequence where he threw a dime pass to Bogdan Bogdanovic, got a steal, and made two free throws after being fouled. All of this happened in under 90 seconds and ultimately gave Sacramento the lead. Two minutes later Giles used his length to create yet another steal that led to two easy points for Sacramento.
Late-Game Free Throws
The Kings shoot the least free throws of any team in the NBA, but came up big from the charity stripe in order to secure the victory. From the 1:30 mark of the fourth quarter until the end of the game, the Kings made 9 of their 12 free throws to seal the game. Having De’Aaron Fox and his ability to penetrate the paint helps the number of free throw attempts that the Kings take, but it was Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes who took most of the freebies down the stretch.
Losing Streak Over!
The eight-game losing streak is over! The Kings have a winning percentage of 1.000 so far this decade! Maybe a little boost of confidence is all that Sacramento needs to get back on track, and they should; their next two opponents are New Orleans and Golden State.